Every Business Should Do A Cloud Consumption Audit
Every Business Should Do A Cloud Consumption Audit
/ Feb 3, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The topic of WAN transformation has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. In fact, earlier this year, Mark Haranas, the fine reporter with CRN, recently authored an article declaring that 2016 would be a breakout year for SD-WAN. One of the biggest drivers of change in the WAN is, of course,…

Resolutions For Today’s Network Managers
Resolutions For Today’s Network Managers
/ Jan 12, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Happy New Year to WANSpeak readers! By now, I’m sure many of us have made a start on our annual resolutions. I’m sure Donald Trump has made a resolution to antagonize even more of the country, Michael Dell has likely resolved to make the Dell/EMC merger smooth, and I’m sure Tom Brady has resolved to…

More Thoughts on 2016’s Crystal Ball Networking Predictions
More Thoughts on 2016’s Crystal Ball Networking Predictions
/ Dec 29, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The year 2015 is almost in the books. That means it’s time to say, “I can’t believe the year is almost over,” and time for many of us in the industry to make some bold predictions as to what we think the future holds. I had intended to write a post with some standalone thoughts…

Is Hybrid WAN an Unnecessary Step to a Broadband WAN?
Is Hybrid WAN an Unnecessary Step to a Broadband WAN?
/ Dec 2, 2015 0 COMMENTS

A few weeks ago I presented on the state of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) at this years Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference. During the section on SD-WAN I made a comment that I thought that hybrid WAN was an unnecessary step on the journey towards a broadband WAN. It appears I touched a nerve on…

It’s Time To Stop The ‘WANSanity’
It’s Time To Stop The ‘WANSanity’
/ Nov 17, 2015 0 COMMENTS

One of the quotes that Albert Einstein is credited with is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that is indeed how insanity is defined then there is no part of IT that is more insane than the corporate WAN. I’ll explain why I…

To Maximize The Value Of SD-WAN, Look Past Hardware Savings
To Maximize The Value Of SD-WAN, Look Past Hardware Savings
/ Oct 6, 2015 0 COMMENTS

I moderated a workshop on the topic of software defined WANs (SD-WAN) last month and I’m continually baffled that the focus of software-defined networking remains on the hardware for so many individuals. This is clearly a hangover from the early days of SDN when many of the start ups were hammering home the point that…

Ten Points To Consider For Cloud Security
Ten Points To Consider For Cloud Security
/ Sep 22, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Securing the Cloud a Top Concern I moderated a CIO roundtable on the topic of the cloud several ago in New York. The round table was intended to be a general discussion on cloud strategy but quickly morphed into session specifically on cloud security. The fact that it turned into dedicated discussion on security wasn’t…

Verizon Jumps On The SD-WAN Bandwagon
Verizon Jumps On The SD-WAN Bandwagon
/ Sep 15, 2015 0 COMMENTS

In June I posted a blog urging the incumbent telcos to accept the fact that the era of SD-WANs is here and to embrace it instead of fearing it. The topics of SD-WAN and broadband WAN have been red hot of late, but almost all of the early thought-leadership has been driven by start-ups like…

Writing the Next Chapter of Your Network Management Career
Writing the Next Chapter of Your Network Management Career
/ Sep 11, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The Hills was a popular MTV-produced “reality” TV show that created pop culture icons such as Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner (son of Caitlyn) and one my favorites, Kristin Cavallari. The theme song from the show was called “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield which contains the lyrics “Today is where your book begins, the rest is still…

Best Practices for Network Change Management
Best Practices for Network Change Management
/ Sep 9, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Evolving the network to a next-generation architecture is all the rage now. A digital business needs an agile, dynamic network to use as a foundation for innovation, so the network must now evolve. This is one of the reasons my fellow analysts and I are pushing the concepts of SDN, broadband WAN, and Network Functions…